Dael Orlandersmith Premieres “Black N Blue Boys / Broken Men”

Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men is written and performed by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dael Orlandersmith. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

This spring, Berkeley Repertory Theatre concludes its season with another new play, featuring Dael Orlandersmith in “Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men.” This world premiere introduces audiences to children and adults forging identities in families fractured by abuse. Each relates a story that transforms these challenges into a celebration of our capacity to survive. Orlandersmith created this show after becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with “Yellowman,” and she brings these characters roaring to life with the help of Obie Award-winning director Chay Yew. “Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men” begins previews on the Thrust Stage on May 25, opens May 30, and runs through June 24. Co-commissioned and co-produced by Berkeley Rep and Goodman Theatre, the production moves to Chicago this autumn after its local run. The executive producers of the Berkeley engagement are Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau and the Strauch Kulhanjian Family. For the seventh straight year, BART and Wells Fargo are official sponsors of Berkeley Rep’s season. “Orlandersmith is a charismatic actress whose poetical language flows hot and fast like lava,” according to Back Stage. She has “an ear for a cadenced language steeped in both sweet melody and earthy physicality,” said the New York Times. In the play, Orlandersmith Dael “transforms herself into five different male characters who tell harrowing stories leavened with humanity and grace When she holds that metaphoric mirror up to our culture, it is impossible to look away,” said Tony Taccone, artistic director of Berkeley Rep. Tickets to “Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men” start at $29. Additional savings are available for groups, seniors, students, and anyone under 30 years of age – meaning discounted seats can be obtained for as little as $14.50. The Thrust Stage is located at 2025 Addison Street, only half a block from BART and near bus lines, bike routes, and parking lots. For tickets or information, call (510) 647-2949 or go to berkeleyrep.org.
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